Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. BPA’s are linked to cancer and may be linked to obesity and low sperm count.
BPA is used in plastic reusable food and drink containers, and as protective liners in metal cans.
Not only should you be aware of the metal in canned foods, BPA lines the inside of tin cans! Not only have BPS’s been found in plastic bottles and containers and the lining of tin cans, but also in dental fillings and receipt paper!
BPA is a known toxic substance outlawed in Canada and Europe, but still used in the United States. Even though the FDA raised concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children to the substance, still says BPA poses no known risks to human health when used for their intended purposes. Why is this allowed??
93% of Americans have Plastic in their Blood and Urine: Bisphenol-A BPA
- Don’t trust “BPA free” products, as the other chemicals in plastics may be just as dangerous.
- Don’t let plastic wrapping touch foods.
- Never heat plastics in microwaves.
- Don’t wash plastics in dishwashers.
- Discard damaged containers, as they are already breaking down.
- Beware of freezing foods in plastics. First use waxed or butcher paper, if you freeze in plastic bags.
- Keeping plastic bottled water in the refrigerator, also promotes the transfer of small amounts of BPA’s into the water, but is not as bad as leaving the plastic bottles in a hot car, where the heat really accelerates the BPA transfer.
- Don’t handle paper receipts. The BPA’s keep the ink from running.